AIDA is music, a dream, a movement that accompanies you for 900 km from Moncenisio to Trieste; from France to Istria.
Aida is a project FIAB Onlus, part of the Bicitalia network, to connect the cities of northern Italy using 50% of the routes already completed: Turin, Milan, Verona, Venice, Trieste, a 900 km route useful not only for cyclists but also for cycling workers.
We decided to adopt not only a 1 km but all Aida!
We believe in this project and in the enhancement of the territory, that’s why we have become GOLD SUPPORTER of this initiative (AIDA).
What we present in this proposal is the version that starts from neighboorhood of Turin to Milan. You can also do it in the opposite direction, the ideal then is maybe to stay one more day to discover these two fantastic cities.
AIDA Milan -Venice is also available.
Day 1: Arrival in Susa
Arrival at the hotel and initial briefing with delivery of the bikes in case of rental. Take your time to visit the city and the famous Arco di Augusto
Day 2: Susa -Turin – 79 km
Leaving Susa and pass below the Arco di Augusto, built in the 1st century B.C
Pass by the villages of Bussoleno, Sant’Antonino and Chiusa di San Michele (km 50): you have arrived at the feet of the famous Sacra di San Michele, a monastery which dominates the passage from the valley to the plane. Proceed to the natural park of Avigliana lakes and leave the mountains behind you: pass by Orbassano and enjoy the royal Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi : a UNESCO site, projected by Filippo Juvarra for the Savoia family. Head northward and eventually reach the River Po the longest river in Italy, which caresses Torino.
Follow the river on the left bank till the very centre of the city: Vittorio Emanuele I bridge. In front of you, a nice round church: la Gran Madre.Torino was the first Capital of the Italian Kingdom: you can still feel its heritage visiting the Museo Nazionale del Cinema inside la Mole Antonelliana or walking by San Salvario, Murazzi and the central Piazza Castello.
Day 3: Turin – Crescentino – 53 km
Say goodbye to Torino on the bridge Vittorio Emanuele I . You will follow the path of a famous Cycle Route called VenTo, which connects Turin with Venice (680 km) along the Po River, the longest river in Italy. Pass by a beautiful dam in San Mauro Torinese and head northward along the green Parco Fluviale del Po till Chivasso: we will meet VenTo again close to Venice. Chivasso is famous for two things: Nocciolini and Canale Cavour intake.
Canale Cavour is a remarkable hydraulic engineering infrastructure: it was opened in 1866 after three years of work, under the brand new Italian Kingdom (est. 1861) thanks to the initiative of prime minister Camillo Benso, count of Cavour. We will follow this canal till Verolengo , and many times again till river Ticino. These lands are flooded with water, necessary for rice paddies: we will discover an amazing variety of birds, such as herons. Night accomodation in Crescentino
.Day 4: Crescentino – Novara – 78 km
Leave the small village of Crescentino and cross Dora Baltea River till the ancient Bosco delle Sorti della Partecipanza di Trino, and Ronsecco. Proceed to Lignana Larizzate and head towards Vercelli, a Roman city, famous as a European Rice Exchange Hub. In the central Piazza Cavour, under the statue of the statesman, you will cross the cycleroute ViaFrancigena, which links Gran San Bernardo pass with Rome (km 967). Eat some Bicciolani biscuits and proceed eastward.
Cross river Sesia and proceed westward, towards the rice fields of Torrione and Vinzaglio . We can now see far away the tower of San Gaudenzio in Novara, close to Casalino: let’s follow it till Agogna river. Then we will follow a parallel road leading us to Novara . Novara is the eastern Piedmont capital, devoted to Gorgonzola and Paniscia, a typical dish of rice to serve hot in winter time: enjoy!
Day 5: Novara – Milan – 76 km
Leave Novara railway station on your right, towards North. After a while you will cross again the Cavour canal in order to follow it on the right till river Ticino . In the meantime, you can have a look at the vast paddies all around you and the variety of birds who live in this countryside. Cross the river, leave Piedmont and enter the nice village of Turbigo in Lombardia, which is an important cross road for cyclists: the Naviglio Grande canal and Villoresi canal pass there, and you can follow them in order to get into Sesto Calende and lago Maggiore , the vibrant Pavia and peaceful Abbiategrasso .Actually, we follow Naviglio Grande till Nosate, and then we turn right on Villoresi canal , which will lead you slowly to Milan and Monza: the canal was built in 1890 in order to guarantee fresh water in the northern planes upper Milan.
You will cross nice villages like Castano Primo, Arconate, Parabiago. When you arrive in Lainate, remember to visit the magnificent Villa Litta which is really close to the canal: you will find a refreshing ninfeo with many water games and pleasant gardens. Proceed to Garbagnate and cross Villoresi canal for the last time: you are now entering the Parco delle Groane, direction South. You will pass in the backyard of Villa Arconati , a noble palace which hosts summer concerts and a a labyrinth. Approaching the suburbs of Milan, like Arese (home of Alfa Romeo cars) and Rho the city which hosted the famous Expo 2015 and then circumnavigate the Area Expo itself, till the very entrance in the city borders of Milan (km 66) , close to the subway M1 stop of Molino Dorino.You will cross the neighbourhood of Cascina Merlata, Bonola, and Monte Stella , an artificial hill built with WWII ruins by Piero Bottoni. It is 100 mt high and it is scenery of Giardino dei Giusti commemorative park.You are now entering the city, close to Tre Torri park and the beautiful fountain of piazzale Giulio Cesare. After the last miles, you will finally reach the Triumphal Arco della Pace : one of the ancient entry-gates to Milan city center.
Day 6: Milano
After breakfast end of the holiday. If you prefer you can visit the city with the support of our App or go on to Venice 🙂 (Aida – Milan – Venice)